MISTER Twister gave Richmond Vale trainer Jason Mackay even more reason to celebrate on Saturday night when he dominated the $75,000-to-the-winner group 1 Peter Mosman Classic at Wentworth Park.
The black dog, paying $5.50, exploded to the lead from box five and was never headed in the 520-metre feature, winning by three lengths from favourite Up Hill Jill in 29.71 seconds.
The 2 ½-year-old son of Collision and Double Twist, a semi-final winner, backed up his $100,000 Richmond Riches victory and took his career record to 14 wins from 32 starts and earnings to $254,885.
Mackay was at his wife’s birthday party while assistant Daniel Flanagan and veteran handler Milo Vodagaz took Mister Twister to Wentworth Park. The dog’s Hunter owners from the Tiger Seven Syndicate were also on hand to celebrate the victory.
Mister Twister has always shown above average ability and finished second in the group 3 Christmas Gift and group 1 Vic Peters Classic last year. His runner-up effort in the Vic Peters was to kennelmate Ando’s Mac, which went on to win the Melbourne Cup.
However, Mackay’s decision to have Mister Twister undergo a tonsillectomy this year has helped the dog become arguably the best in NSW.
The victory was another magic moment for Mister Twister’s owners, who paid $21,000 for the dog as a puppy.
“From box five he really needed to nail the start and he certainly did that,” Luke Murray, head of the Tiger Seven Syndicate, told GRNSW after the win.
Branxton trainer Lindsay Davis’ Frekey was third in the $20,000-to-the-winner Distance Challenge final taken out by Big Daddy Bee.
Davis’ Lekey was fourth in the sprint version won by Quoted Dynasty.